Whenever I find lava
in an MMO zone, my first instinct -- as in real life -- is to jump right into it and see if it will hurt me. If it does, then I die horribly while giving a salute to the developers for caring enough to make such a hazard more than a cosmetic visual.
That's not to say that I always appreciate how virtual nature might trip me up, slow me down, obscure my vision, or outright kill me. But even as I grouse about it in chat, I realize that for me it's an essential part of feeling as if the world is believable and not merely a stage set.
From lightning to blizzards to lava flows to poisonous swamps, do you appreciate environmental hazards
? Are they important even if you don't like them?
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